Friday, March 28, 2008

A Short Film About Killing

There were two parts of this movie that really struck me. The first thing that I found interesting occurred when the young man who killed the taxi driver was talking with the public defendant right before the young man's execution. The young man mentioned about how everything in his life changed after his sister was killed by a drunk (tractor) driver. While he does not give many details, he mentions that this was the reason why he moved, and that if she had never died, things would be much different. In fact, he adds that he may not have killed the taxi driver. This part in the movie really reminded me of the saying that life is not so much what happens to you, but how you react to it. Although I'm sure that his sister's death was devastating, his decision to lash out at others ultimately leads to his own demise. The other thing that I thought was interesting was the way that the young lawyer says that punishment doesn't really deter criminals. The young murderer was a great case study for this. It seemed as though he thought nothing of the consequences of his actions until it was too late, at which point it no longer mattered. What he really could have benefited from would have been someone sitting down with him and talking about his unresolved grief.

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